Strong agricultural demand and general economic growth in the Texas South Plains region centered on Plainview, Texas, has triggered a series of high-value capital improvement projects on the Xcel Energy system that will boost the reliability and capacity of the regional power grid.
As part of its Power for the Plains capital expansion, Xcel Energy is investing $106.7 million in new substations and high-voltage transmission lines in Hale, Castro, Parmer, Swisher, Bailey and Lamb counties that should be mostly completed by year’s end.
“We continue to see strong agricultural demand as farmers and ranchers demand more electric power for irrigation purposes in this area,” said David Hudson, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company. “Our transmission and distribution system is much like our system of highways and city streets. As traffic increases – in our case, electricity demand – we have to update and expand the lines that transport power to a growing customer base.”
The Plainview-area growth follows the trend of growth Xcel Energy is experiencing in almost all of its Texas-New Mexico service area, which covers most of the Panhandle-South Plains regions in Texas and the eastern and southeastern counties of New Mexico. In that area, Xcel Energy is investing more than $3 billion to build or upgrade power plants, power lines and substations.
“This is a historic growth cycle for us and our communities, and the investments we make today will help build the economies of our communities for years to come,” Hudson said.
In the Plainview area, Xcel Energy has built two new substations and has completed or is constructing several new transmission lines. These projects include:
Projects now under construction or being planned include:
In addition to these substation and transmission investments, Xcel Energy is investing in new and upgraded distribution lines that deliver power directly to homes, farms and businesses in the region.